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flip-flop

1. To completely change one's opinion or stance. Primarily heard in US. The voters were tired of hearing the candidate flip-flop and felt they could not trust him to stick with one position. I used to hold a staunch view about the case, but then I flip-flopped after hearing the other side's testimony.
2. noun A complete change in opinion or stance. There have been several flip-flops among the candidates during the campaign, with some changing their stance more than once!
3. noun A thong sandal. Often used in the plural to refer to the pair. Don't forget your flip-flops when we go to the beach, or you'll have to walk on the hot sand barefoot!

flip-flop

1. n. a reversal. The president denied making a flip-flop. He said he simply forgot his earlier position.
2. n. the return trip of a long journey. (see also flip side.) Didn’t we chat on the flip-flop last week?
3. in. to change direction or intensity. Jed flip-flopped twice in the evening, leaving us where we started.
4. in. to waver in one’s decisions. Well, you just flip-flop all you want. I know what I want.
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Abraham Lincoln was a flip-flopper: He started out pro-slavery before abolishing it.
Despite not making the cut, Lillikas -- whom rivals accused of being an ideological flip-flopper -- promised to "carry on the fight."
The campaign had ugly moments, including the questioning of Kerry's Vietnam service by fellow veterans and allegations he had frequently changed positions on issues, which Republicans used to derisively label him a flip-flopper. Kerry attended Yale University in Connecticut, one of the US' top schools.
But he struggled to counter the image that was stuck on him in the primary battles and beyond -- that of a policy flip-flopper with awkward social skills and questionable concern for America s struggling middle class.
And then there's David Brooks' column making the case for electing Mitt Romney president because he is "more of a flexible flip-flopper." Now, I've seen spin but that one really had me spinning - just take a candidate's major weakness (lying) and call it a plus.
But, with the pair's last of three head-to-head debates set for Monday, the campaign returned to its tried and tested formula of branding Romney an untrustworthy flip-flopper.
run against Mitt Romney by calling him a flip-flopper.
He appears arrogant, socially and politically inflexible, is a "flip-flopper" on many important issues and seems incapable of telling the truth regarding many important topics, especially when addressing his and President Obama's political records.
But the power of Uranus - the planet of originality, innovation and hasty behaviors - gives him a certain groundlessness that contributes to his reputation as a flip-flopper.
First of all, there is the perennial American political issue of being a flip-flopper. While governor of liberal Massachusetts, Romney oversaw the implementation of a health insurance system which is more or less identical to the one passed by Congress under Obama's watch.
Romney, for his part, will hold up Obama's early, still-unmet promises, while Obama will call Romney a "flip-flopper" who changes his positions to suit the moment (and the audience).
Zigzag"the Israeli equivalent of flip-flopper. A former IDF paratroop commander and chief of general staff, back in the early 2000s Mofaz was a Likud stalwart (and defense minister).
Santorum regularly teased Romney as a flip-flopper on social and conservative issues who could not be trusted.
To take more than one side is to earn the epithet "a flip-flopper", as Mitt Romney has.